By Oke Peter
TCN’s wheeling capacity as simulated by its system planning department is 8,100MW and since the simulation was carried out, TCN has continued to expand the nations grid, by rehabilitating and upgrading brown field/existing projects and building new/ green field projects.
The projects are in various TCN old or new Substation’s nationwide, from the North to the South, to the East and West. The projects both substations, lines and systems operations projects are numerous and on ground nationwide. Several are already in circuit while others are ongoing.
TCNs capacity and capability to transport bulk power is presently above the current bulk power genrested into the grid and quantum power being taken by the DisCos.
TCNs capability to efficiently transmitt the quantum of power generated into the grid is evidenced by the record of historical peak generation that were successfully transmitted to Distribution load centers nationwide, including ;
- 18th December, 2017 – 5222.3MW was successfully transmitted.
*7th February, 2019 – 5375MW was successfully transmitted.
*18th August, 2020 – 5420.30MW was successfully transmitted.
*28th October, 2020 – 5459.50MW was successfully transmitted.
*30th October, 2020 – 5520.40MW was successfully transmitted.
*25th February, 2021 – 5593.40MW was successfully transmitted.
*28th February, 2021 – 5615.40MW was successfully transmitted.
*1st March, 2021 – 5,801.60MW was successfully transmitted.
On March 1st, 2021, the Gencos generated a record peak of 5,801MW which was equally transmitted very successfully to Distribution Load Centers nationwide, Eligible Customers, and International Customers.
TCN’s operational capacity at 8,100MW and growing, is backed by facts and empirical data. TCN is not claiming that it has resolved all the challenges that impact its operatons as the manager of the transmission grid, but it is resolute in its expansion drive and is constantly working on its well-articulated Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance Expansion & Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP). TCN’s commitment to achieving its Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance Expansion & Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP) is gradually paying off.
TCN’s wheeling capacity had increased from about 5000MW in 2016 to 8100MW and growing, through the diligent implimentation of NEGMERP.
TCN is committed to continually increasing the transmission capacity to ensure continued efficient evacuation of bulk power from the Generation Companies and transmitting same to Distribution Companies load centers nationwide, Eligible and International Customers.
In year 2023, TCN is determined to take the company’s capacity and capability much further. It is a mission we will strive tp accomplish.